How a Kenya-born Israeli runner became Israel’s first to win the Euro championship

by Avi Abelow

An Israeli runner won the Euro championship for the first time, but the championship win is only part of her amazing story.

Lonah Chemtai Salpeter

Lonah was born in Kenya, 29 years ago, and came to Israel to work as a nanny as an employee of the Kenyan Embassy in Israel.

One day while she ran in the park, Israeli running coach Moti Mizrachi noticed her.

Mizrachi obviously saw potential in Lonah and suggested that she train with him professionally.

During her training, she then met another running coach, Dan Salpeter.

Salpeter and Lonah eventually got married.  They now live in Moshav Yanuv in the middle of Israel.

Gold Winner

Lonah won the gold medal in the women’s 10,000-meter run at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

She completed the race in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds, a full 9 seconds ahead of Susan Krumins of the Netherlands.  That is a significant margin in the 10,000 meter race.

The 29-year-old Lonah became the first Israeli to win a gold at the Euro championship.

This is an unprecedented achievement in Israeli history.  Back in 2016, she won the Tel-Aviv marathon with a time of 2:40:16.  Now she is making waves on the international running scene.

Perhaps more amazing than all of her running times is that she

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